Watkins & Eager proudly announces that nineteen attorneys are among the 2012 Mid-South Super Lawyers, and seven Watkins & Eager attorneys chosen as Mid-South Rising Stars.

In addition, Super Lawyers identifies five Watkins & Eager attorneys as the "Top 50" in Mississippi: George R. Fair; Jamie G. Houston, III; William F. Ray; Stephanie M. Rippee and Michael W. Ulmer.  Mildred M. Morris and Stephanie M. Rippee were also recognized as "Top 50" Female Lawyers.

Super Lawyers is a nationally recognized rating service that honors attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Candidates are selected by a process that includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Watkins & Eager Mid-South Super Lawyers are:

David L. Ayers - Personal Injury Defense: Products

Joseph G. Baladi - Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice

Lewis W. Bell - Personal Injury Defense: Products

Walter J. Brand - Employment Litigation: Defense

James J. Crongeyer, Jr. - Personal Injury Defense: Products

George R. Fair - Banking

Paul L. Gunn - Real Estate

Jamie G. Houston, III - Business/Corporate

Mark D. Jicka - Personal Injury Defense: Products

Walter T. Johnson - Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice

Richard T. Lawrence, General Litigation

Kenneth E. Milam
- Employment & Labor

Mildred M. Morris
- General Litigation

William F. Ray - Business Litigation

Stephanie M. Rippee - Personal Injury Defense: Products

Jim, F. Spencer, Jr. - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights

Paul H. Stephenson, III - Business Litigation

Michael W. Ulmer
- Personal Injury Defense: Products

M. Binford Williams, Jr.- Banking 

Mid-South Rising Stars from Watkins & Eager are:

Rusty H. Comley - Personal Injury Defense: Products

Corey D. Hinshaw - Civil Litigation Defense

Robert B. Ireland, III - Personal Injury Defense:General

Jennifer A. Rogers - Personal Injury Defense: Products

Timothy L. Sensing, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice

James M. Tyrone, General Litigation

Jimmy B.Wilkins - General Litigation

Super Lawyers can be found online at, where lawyers can be searched by practice area and location.